Open up transportation sector, Binay urges gov’t
MANILA, Philippines — Senator Nancy Binay on Thursday called on the government to open up the transportation sector in order to accommodate the country’s workforce.
“Ang call ngayon is to open up the transportation sector because at the moment…yung mga jeepney drivers natin,, majority of them hindi pa nakakapasok so how do we expect the labor force to go work if wala silang transportation,” Binay said in an interview on ABS-CBN News Channel.
(The call is to open up the transportation sector because at the moment, majority of our jeepney drivers still unable to serve their routes, so how do we expect the labor force to go to work if transportation is limited.)
“Ang naririnig ko, ang suggestion lang nila is to allow bigger capacity for different types of transportation,” she added.
(What I’m hearing is that the suggestion is only to allow bigger capacity for different types of transportation.)
Earlier, National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) acting chief Karl Chua proposed that the public transport capacity be expanded from 50 percent to 75 percent for the sake of the Filipino workforce.
He also proposed to boost the operations of inter-province buses.
“Ang call ko is to allow more public transportation sa ating mga kalsada ngayon, kasi nga yung jeepney drivers natin hanggang ngayon, majority of them, hindi rin kumikita,” Binay added.
(I am asking the government to allow more public transportation on our roads because a lot of jeepney drivers are currently not making a living.)
Aside from an expanded capacity in public transportation, NEDA also recommended that the Philippines be put under a less restrictive modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) to revive its ailing economy.
President Rodrigo Duterte, Malacañang earlier said, is reviewing NEDA’s proposal.
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